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I stirred up some controversy last summer when I posted my synthesizer arrangement of Mercury. Since then I've been busy :-)  I've finally completed all of The Planets: http://soundcloud.com/mike-leghorn/sets/the-planets

I don't mean to stir up more controversy by advertising this on the Composers' Forum. I figured that since I put poured my heart and soul (and about 500 hours of my time) into this project, that it's worth announcing here. Anyway, I consider this kind of arranging as a sort of composing.

Also, I apologize for posting a link to my soundcloud site. The seven tracks are too large to put on my profile page.

In this interpretation I strove to preserve the underlying spirit of The Planets while immersing the listener in an abstract sound world that is unique, yet as rich and detailed as a real orchestra. All sounds used were synthesized, i.e. no samples were used.

I've enabled download on all seven tracks, which are 360kbps MP3. I'm looking for a record label to distribute this, ideally in uncompressed format.

I hope you enjoy, and I welcome all feedback!

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I just had a quick listen to "Venus" and I have to say I'm pretty impressed! I've always been a big fan of the original orchestral suite but this is an interesting take on it with some really nice use of synth techniques. I'll try to listen to some more when I get a chance. :)

Have you listened to Tomita's work at all?

Yes, I'm very familiar with Tomita's work. I have all of his albums, including The Planets. My favorite of them all is Snowflakes are Dancing. 

Kevin Riley said:

Have you listened to Tomita's work at all?

Thanks Charles. Saturn is one of my favorites in the set.

Charles Greco said:

Very much I enjoyed listening to your transcription/arrangement of Saturn in its entirety. I feel it was extremely well done while showing utmost respect for Holst's work. Congratulations on an exceptional job. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the suite as time permits. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks Terry. I'm pleased with how Venus turned out.

Terry Jones said:

I just had a quick listen to "Venus" and I have to say I'm pretty impressed! I've always been a big fan of the original orchestral suite but this is an interesting take on it with some really nice use of synth techniques. I'll try to listen to some more when I get a chance. :)

Mars sounds awesome.  I feel like I'm watching an uncut version of the 80's Flash Gordon movie.  Great work.

Bob, thanks for those good points. 

Just to name a few examples:

A. Used folks songs they didn't write.

Vaughan Williams, Kodaly, Bartok

2. Used themes or entire movements from someone else.

Mahler. Check out Liszt's 1st piano concerto, then listen to the 1st mvt of Mahler's 6th.

Stravinsky (Pulcinella)

Ravel (Le tombeau de Couperin)

Respighi (The Birds, Ancient Airs and Dances, La Boutique Fantasque)

C. Arranged for orchestra pieces written for piano.

Debussy (Gymnopedies)

Ravel

Stokowski

 


Bob Porter said:

Just a comment on the "controversy" you think you stirred up.

 

I think most of us can name famous composers from the past who;

A. Used folks songs they didn't write.

 

2. Used themes or entire movements from someone else.

 

C. Arranged for orchestra pieces written for piano.

 

 

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